Latest posts by Fairygirl

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 12:40

Lovely photos - the Callicarpa's beautiful, and the fallen leaves at Fyvie just make you want to go and kick them! 

Love that shrub BL-the red one of your daughter's. Not familiar with it at all. 

There's an acer along the road from me which is glorious just now. Unfortunately, the owners haven't given it room to show itself off.

I'll have to get out and take some photos before all the foliage goes completely. I miss the big maple I had at the gate of a previous garden. It was glorious at this time of year.

Hide an ugly fence

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 12:35

Stick another fence up Angie. It'll save you any grief. The 'fence owning'  neighbour sounds like an a***hole. 

Oh - and plant as much Berberis and Pyracantha on it as you can. He'll enjoy that when he has to squeeze into the 18 inch gap to do his repairs.....

Or is it only me that think like that....


Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:12

When I lived in my previous house, I brought the canna I had into the conservatory for winter. Due to 'circumstances' I wasn't there and forgot about it. It was never watered. When I eventually found it during house sale preparations in early spring, it had started growing and I rescued it then. It was fine. 


Posted: 25/10/2016 at 08:12

I built an extension over mine. That seems to have worked.....

I pull up any bits that stray too far but the common one doesn't seem to big an issue here. It's hard to kill though. Pots are a good method - as GD does - and you could also confine it with old paving slabs or similar, sunk vertically into the ground. It prevents the corms spreading sideways so easily.

Lucifer and the other named varieties are less invasive usually.

overgrown pond but home for toad!!

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 08:08

If you provide other areas suitable for toads and frogs, they'll be more than happy. Old logs, foliage cover of any kind, upturned broken clay pots and pipes etc. Plenty of damp shady spots is the aim.

I think Mary's pond's filled in and planted, HH - but i may have misunderstood 

Care for a new lawn in winter

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 08:04

I agree with Verdun. Do nothing now till spring. Mine has had it's last cut and will take it's chances till it eventually gets warm enough to grow again and get some attention. Too wet now as well, so I avoid going on it altogether. 

Do you send your toenails away for sharpening Edd? It keeps them tip top you know...

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 08:00

Morning all you ,lovely people, and afties Pat. Hope the snakes aren't too plentiful  

Nice to see you Edd. 

Good to be appreciated Clari. I did a first aid course years ago ( requirement for my job)  and have to say, it was pretty pointless. They got to the point where they were showing us how to bring people off hills with broken legs and arms. We were looking after 3 year olds for a few hours a day. If we couldn't stick a plaster on it, we had to call their parents. What we needed could have been covered in half an hour.  A complete waste of resources and time! 

Cold here and foggy, but don't know if we've had an early frost again like yesterday. Much better than the rain though - which is returning tomorrow I think. 

Better go and organise myself for the salt mines. Have a good day everyone 

Buying Yew on eBay

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:40

I personally wouldn't. I'd use one of the reputable online specialists.

At least you'll have some insurance if they all turn up dried out and useless.  

Hide an ugly fence

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 17:17

Did they have permission for a  fence that size? 

Apart from planting on the fence, you can also use the old trick of planting a specimen small tree or large shrub further into the middle of your own garden. About a third of the length of the plot, in from the back fence.  That will screen out quite a bit of the fence...and the neighbours....


Posted: 24/10/2016 at 16:59

I have one twenty quid scarecrow and it's a helluva lot cheaper than the endless other methods which don't work, not to mention the fury it gives you when you stick your hand in a pile of c**p.

It's simple to use and you just move it around now and again to thoroughly deter the regulars and the occasional offenders. Site it where they enter the garden or near bird feeders (the main attraction)

I now have no cats coming in  here, and I often don't have it on at all. They've clearly learned to b***er off somewhere else 'cos they don't like it up 'em. 

and no - why should I or anyone else have to get a cat or dog or provide facilities...bizarre 

The cheque's in the post Hosta....

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